LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Nevada’s largest open admission shelter is reporting big numbers when it comes to finding animals homes.
On Monday the Animal Foundation received a huge grant from the The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to continue their work.
It’s been about two years since Las Vegas implemented mandatory pet spay and neuter ordinances.
Since then the Animal Foundation’s Meghan Scheibe says they’re taking in fewer pets and this past summer the Foundation set up more adoptions.
ASPCA’s president and CEO Matthew Bershadker says the work done at the Animal Foundation sets the bar for the rest of the nation.
The Animal Foundation announced that it edged out 48 other shelters nationwide to win Grand Prize in the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.
The Challenge took place in June, July and August and challenged participating shelters and animal rescue organizations to increase the number of lives they saved over summer of 2012.
The winner was kept secret until today, when Bershadker and his staff surprised The Animal Foundation on their campus with cake, sparkling cider, and a giant, $100,000 check at the Campus Adoption Center.
The Animal Foundation was in seventh place after June, and climbed to second place after July – just 60 lives saved behind Riverside County Department of Animal Services.
“We were completely shocked,” stated Meghan Scheibe, Marketing and Public Relations Manager for The Animal Foundation. “We worked our tails off this summer to place as many animals into loving homes as possible, and hoped that it would be enough to win the Grand Prize.
It was so close after July and we weren’t sure how it would turn out in the end. We’re so excited to have won this life-saving funding, and are so grateful to our staff, volunteers and the community for their continued support.”
The Animal Foundation saved 1,055 more lives during the Challenge than they did during the summer of 2012. Riverside County saved 1,033 more lives, finishing in second place.
To celebrate their win, and continue to save lives, The Animal Foundation’s Happy Barktoberfest special will take place in honor of October, which is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Interested adopters can take $50 off the adoption fees of